Monday, November 30, 2009

Eredivisie contest: End of November update

November's up, winter hasn't quite arrived yet in Winnipeg, and the Riders lost because they can't count. All is right with the world.

Things are beginning to look a little more right with our Eredivisie contest as well. Here's how things stand:

Pompey Canuck 118
Headhunting Canuck 114
J 108
Lord Bob 85

And in detail:

AZ 25 Mounir el Hamdaoui (AZ) 7
Ajax 35 Luis Suarez (Ajax) 17

TOTAL (PTS + GOALS x 2) 108
Headhunting Canuck
AZ 25 Luis Suarez (Ajax) 17
PSV 39 Balazs Dzsudzsak (PSV) 8

TOTAL (PTS + GOALS x 2) 114
Pompey Canuck
PSV 39 Luis Suarez (Ajax) 17
Ajax 35 Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord) 5

TOTAL (PTS + GOALS x 2) 118
Lord Bob
Ajax 35 Keisuke Honda (VVV) 5
FC Utrecht 26 Mounir el Hamdaoui (AZ) 7

TOTAL (PTS + GOALS x 2) 85

AZ seem to have stabilized their season, which is somewhat gratifying. Their Champions League hopes have been dashed, and their ticket to Europa league is hanging by a thread (that thread is a road win over Standard Liege on the last Champs League matchday). Instead, they seem to be focussing on the domestic campaign, which has yielded a string of good results.

Jeremain Lens (7 goals) has taken over the scoring burden for the almost-healed Mounir el Hamdaoui, and they have stopped leaking goals.

FC Twente continue to lead the league, thanks largely to the goal scoring exploits of Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz, but I don't expect that to last much longer. PSV are the class of the league, and Ajax keep scoring 5 goals a game against mid-table sides.

Things are close enough at the top to keep things interesting in the 7th or 8th best league in Europe.